Installing Monitor PlotThe Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers a variety of employment opportunities, including permanent, summer seasonal, and volunteer positions. To read more about the minimum qualifications for federal employment, check the Office of Personnel Management website.

Application Process

Permanent and seasonal hiring with the Forest Service is conducted on a national scale using USAJobs.gov.  Click here for instructions on how to complete your application.
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Permanent Employment Opportunities

For detailed information about the many rewarding career fields at the US Forest Service, visit the "Careers" webpage.  Or check out all the Employment webpages to find information on working for the Forest Service, special student programs, and volunteering.
Every year, the Forest Service hires thousands of temporary (mostly summer) employees for a variety of jobs, most of them in the field. Many positions are advertised on the USAJOBS. Hiring season usually begins the first week of January and may last until mid-March, depending on last minute vacancies.

Learn More About Seasonal Employment 

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Each year, the Forest hires for a variety of temporary (seasonal) positions for the summer field season. The field season typically runs from May to September.  Information on seasonal jobs are available.  Temporary (seasonal) work responsibilities include stream surveys, fish and wildlife surveys, trail building, fire fighting, campground maintenance, fence construction and maintenance, vegetation surveys, road maintenance, and heavy equipment operators. 

Once you've identifed a job, make sure you copy down its Open Continuous Register number (OCR #) and location as listed on the outreach notice. This will make your application process go much smoother.

Helpful Links

  • Forest Service Outreach Database: The US Forest Service Outreach Database is used to search for up-coming job announcements and current job opportunities. Access the database to explore opportunities prior to applying in USAJobs.

  • Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Take the time to figure out who you are, what you like to do, what you are best at, and what strengths, skills or competencies you offer employers.

  • What to include in your resume: If you have never applied for a federal job before it would benefit you to follow the template in USAJobs as it has you follow the process of everything that needs to be in your resume.

  • Applying to Forest Service Positions:

    • Tailor your resume to each job announcement

    • Spell out acronyms

    • Be honest

    • Write clear and concise statements

    • Use active verbs

    • Proofread your resume



Temporary Seasonal Outreach and Job Opportunities

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Forest fire and non-fire temporary/seasonal opportunities

Wildland Fire Job Opportunities

  • You will notice that the greatest number of our temporary jobs are fighting fires. Seasonal jobs in firefighting include working on a local unit handcrew, on a helitack/helirappeling crew, a Hot Shot Crew, as a smokejumper, or on an engine crew. Remember, these are tough jobs usually performed in primitive, backcountry conditions.